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09/06/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Evelyn Moore Kenney

Evelyn Edwyna Moore Kenney
(18 Mar 1919 - 05 Sept 2010)

Martin High School (MS) Class of @ 1936

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have even more sad news this Labor Day. 
 Evelyn Moore Kenney, wife of beloved minister, the Rev. Dr. R. Furman Kenney, Sr., and mother of Bobby Kenney ('66) of VA and Martha Lynn Kenney of KY, passed away in Newport News on Sunday, September 5, 2010 at the age of 91.

From the Daily Press - 09/06/10:   

                   Evelyn Moore Kenney



NEWPORT NEWS - Evelyn Moore Kenney, wife of the Rev. Dr. R. Furman Kenney, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010, in Newport News.

She was born in Collinsville, Miss., to the Rev. Richard Earl Moore and Viva May Moore on March 18, 1919. She had been a resident of Newport News since 1956.

She was a graduate of Martin High School, Clarke Memorial College (Magna Cum Laude), Blue Mountain College (BA) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters of Religious Education degree. She taught English in the Enterprise High School and the Quitman High School, both in Mississippi. She served as Minister of Education in the Southside Baptist Church in Meridian, Miss., in First Baptist Church, Laurens, S.C., in First Baptist Church, Waukeegan, Ill., and in the Port Norfolk Baptist Church, Portsmouth, Va.



Later she served as Director of Church Training in Third Avenue Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky. She served as part-time librarian in the Methodist Hospital and later in the Baptist Hospital, both in Louisville, Ky. For 20 years she was librarian for the School of Professional Nursing and for the Medical Staff of Riverside Regional Medical Center. However, her main position in life was to serve as minister's wife in two churches in Kentucky, and in Smithfield Baptist Church, Smithfield, Va., and Parkview Baptist Church, Newport News... a task which she performed beautifully and lovingly.

She was active in the many organizations of the churches where her husband served as pastor and later in the North Riverside Baptist Church. In addition she served on occasions as a Library Outreach Director by leading conferences in churches scattered over the Southern Baptist Convention.

She liked to travel as was evident by the fact that she had visited eight continents, and many countries within those continents, as well as Hawaii and Alaska, and made repeated visits to the Holy Land.

She was thought of as a cultured and sweet lady to those who knew her. She was indeed a 'Southern Lady', but more especially, a 'Christian Lady'.

She was preceded in death by her parents, the Rev. and Mrs. R. Earl Moore; a sister, Alice Caldwell; and by a brother, Ethan E. Moore; as well as two brothers-in-law, Delma Caldwell and Glover Bridges.

She is survived by her husband of more than 65 years, the Rev. Dr. R. Furman Kenney Sr.; a son, Col. (Ret.) Robert F. Kenney Jr., and his wife, Mary Jane Kenney, of Williamsburg, Va.; by a daughter, Martha Lynn Kenney, and an 'adopted daughter', Ann Deibert, both of Louisville, Ky.; a sister, Mrs. Dot Bridges, of Pensacola, Fla.; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Ann Moore, of Marietta, Ga.; by two grandsons, Patrick Jason Kenney, and Robert Alexander Kenney, both of Williamsburg, Va.; three nephews, Steve Moore (Deborah), Greg Moore (Pam) and Dr. David Moore (Julia), all of Hattiesburg, Miss.; two nieces, Mrs. Rhonda Osborne (David), of Birmingham, Ala., and Mrs. Allison Price (Lt. Col. Will), of Yuma, Ariz.; seven grandnieces and five grandnephews.

Visitation will be held in the Peninsula Funeral Home from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7. The funeral service, officiated by the Rev. Seth Horrell and the Rev. Dr. Nancy Hayes, will be conducted in the North Riverside Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8. Interment will follow in the Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of floral contributions, it is suggested that those desiring to do so may give a contribution to the library of North Riverside Baptist Church, or to the Endowment Fund of The Chesapeake, or to the charity of their choice.
Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from September 6 to September 7, 2009.

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September 6, 2010

To Dr. Kenney, Martha, Bob & Family,

You are in my thoughts & prayers. I have fond memories of Mrs. Kenney.

~ Mark Waggoner, Hampton, Virginia

September 6, 2010

To my friend Dr. Kenney, I am so sorry about your great loss! Mrs. Kenney was truly a Saint for God and she has now arrived home. You have been blessed to have such a wonderful Lady for a wife, I truly admire you. It also speaks for your true love for God and you have led so many people to know Jesus as their savior. I have known you Dr. Kenney since 1961 and I have always had the utmost respect for you. I love you as a brother in the Lord Jesus Christ and my heart goes out to you. Thank you for your friendship my friend.

~ Unsigned


September 6, 2010  

Mrs. Kenney was a sweetheart. I have known Dr. & Mrs. Kenney for what seems like most of my life. They were a pair. I will remember fondly knowing her. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

September 6, 2010   

Evelyn was one of the sweetest ladies that I have known. She will be missed.

Furman and family - you are in our prayers.

September 6, 2010   

Our heart felt sympathy to Dr. Kenney & family. I remember Evelyn from our days at Parkview Baptist. She was a wonderful Christian lady and I know she will be greatly missed. You are all in our thoughts & prayers.
~ Wayne & Barbara Kerlin, Fincastle, Virginia 

September 6, 2010   

Dr. Kenney, Bob, Martha Lynn, and family Mrs. Kenney was a very loving and gracious woman - always a joy to be with. Our hearts and prayers are with you and we love all of you so much! Valerie Hicks Reavis, Barbara Hicks and Freddie

Martha, I love you!

~ Valerie Reavis, Savannah, Georgia 


September 6, 2010    

Dear Dr. Kenney and family. Our deepest sympathy go to you all. Mrs. Kenney was a great Lady in every sense of the word. We both remember her from our days at Parkview Baptist Church. You have known us all our lives and have been there for us when we have lost our loved ones. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
~ Charlotte & Rebecca Miller, Newport News, Virginia

September 6, 2010    

Dr. Kenney, you, Martha and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I used to live down the street from the Kenney's and Martha used to babysit me and my brother. I have fond memories of walking down the street to the Kenney's often.

September 6, 2010    

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
~ Maynard Daulton, Newport News, Virginia

September 6, 2010    

Dr. Kenney, Bob, and family - we were saddened to read the obituary for Mrs. Kenney this morning. She was a wonderful lady and will be sorely missed by many.

Our loving thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. God be with you.

Chuck and Marilyn Springfield 

September 6, 2010    

Rev. Kenney, I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife. I worked at the Chesapeake for 4 years and I remember you both fondly. I pray for you in the days to come. Peace be with your family during this difficult time.
~ Dawn Stewart, Hampton, Virginia  

September 6, 2010    

Dr. Kenney, we were saddened to learn of Evelyn's passing over, but remembering what my grandson said at the age of 3, "Now she is a brand new angel!" makes it a joyous time as well. Evelyn was such a wonderful lady and truly a great friend to me during the years we worked together at RSPN. I cherish those memories. I know you will miss her and your memories will be many. God continue to bless you as you go on without her.
Kenny and Pat Clark  

September 7, 2010    


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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Kenney's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Thine Be the Glory

Words by Edmond Louis Budry
(30 Aug 1854 - 12 Nov 1932)

Music by George Frideric Handel, 1947
(23 Feb 1685 - 14 Apr 1759)


Thine be the glory, risen, conq’ring Son;
Endless is the vict'ry, Thou o’er death hast won;
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave clothes where Thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen conq’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
Let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;
For her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.
Thine be the glory, risen conq’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life;
Life is naught without Thee; aid us in our strife;
Make us more than conq’rors, through Thy deathless love:
Bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.
Thine be the glory, risen conq’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

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